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Like most people, Alexander Skarsgård grew up watching old movies with his dad, who introduced him to one of cinema’s most iconic figures: the vine-swinging, loincloth-clad Tarzan. The only difference is that his father is actor Stellan, of Good Will Hunting and Thor fame, and when the younger Skarsgård grew up, he ended up playing one of his dad’s favorite characters, landing the lead role in the upcoming Legend of Tarzan.
He Tarzan. She Jane. Me pretty sure you heard this one before. Approximately a million yards of celluloid have already been dedicated to the character Edgar Rice Burroughs created more than a century ago, portraying fiction’s most famous gorilla whisperer as everything from the lunky mute of the silent-movie era to the loinclothed Renaissance man of Disney’s late-‘90s animated blockbuster.
According to the action-packed final Legend of Tarzan trailer, gorilla family reunions involve a lot fewer hugs and a lot more fighting.
Alexander Skarsgård stars as the vine-swinging wild man, who, after being raised by a family of apes, has since returned to his native London and assumed the aristocratic title of Lord Greystoke. But when a colonialist conspiracy threatens his new life and his old home, he journeys back to Africa, where he faces off against foes both man and ape alike.
Hozier is tapping into his wild side.
The Irish singer-songwriter penned a new original song for the upcoming Legend of Tarzan, the first track he’s written for a movie. “Better Love” takes inspiration from the film’s central love story between Tarzan and Jane, and the newly released music video weaves together intimate shots of Hozier and footage from the film.
If you’re going to play the king of the jungle, you need to look like you can swing from vines, leap from cliffs, and, of course, keep up with the apes. So when Alexander Skarsgård landed the titular role in The Legend of Tarzan, he launched into a months-long training regimen that was, well, a beast.
It’s been five years since director David Yates concluded Harry Potter’s big-screen story with Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Now, Yates is returning with not one but two films slated for release this year: The Legend of Tarzan and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
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